Richard Swanson: Sculpture 2005-present

In recent years my work has concentrated more on large scale work using welded metal. These sculptures are still very much informed by considerations of rhythm and balance, though the rhythms have become more eccentic in recent explorations. I think of these new sculptures as three dimensional line drawings (they do in fact spring from ink doodles), but I also think of them as jazz phrases--no hidden meanings, just something spontaneous, lyrical, and sometimes loopy, with the interval between notes as essential as the notes themselves.

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LariatLariat

Regardless Installation

The 3 sculptures in this installation I think of as three dimensional ink drawings. I also think of them as jazz phrases--no hidden meanings, just something pure, lyrical, and sometimes loopy, with the interval between notes as essential as the notes themselves. See additional images under individual sculptures: Abrakadabra, Regardless and Rambunctious.

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Small Sculpture

Form, color and line combine in whimsical ways in these sculptures. I think of them as colorful little poems. I can envision them as studies for larger work, although their small size allows a spontenaity of line that would be challenging to achieve at a monumental scale.

All That JazzAll That Jazz
2014, painted steel
14 high x 13 x 4
ArgoArgo
2013, painted steel
18.5 high x 10 x 4
Dance of the CanariesDance of the Canaries
2014, painted steel
19 high x 16 x 7.25
Discovering True NorthDiscovering True North
2014, painted steel
9.5 high x 12.5 x 3
Dreaming of DervishesDreaming of Dervishes
2013, painted steel
12.75 high x 16.25 x 5.25
Fly BoyFly Boy
2013, painted steel
16.75 high x 11 x 5
Hat TrickHat Trick
2014, painted steel
14 high x 12 x 3.5
Hocus PocusHocus Pocus
2013, painted steel
10.25 high x 14 x 3.5
Honky Tonk HelloHonky Tonk Hello
2014, painted steel
14 high x 14 x 9
Jamming at the JunctionJamming at the Junction
2013, painted steel
7.75 high x 12.75 x 3.25
Jazz DanceJazz Dance
2014, painted steel
11.25 high x 22 x 6.25
Line DanceLine Dance
2013, painted steel
7.5 high x 9.25 x 3
Lulu's Back In TownLulu's Back In Town
2014, painted steel
13 high x 16 x 5
Poetry in MotionPoetry in Motion
2014, painted steel
12.5 high x 14.75 x 5
Reflections on a Water SpriteReflections on a Water Sprite
2014, painted steel
13 x 10.5 x 6.75
Rocky Mountain RomanceRocky Mountain Romance
2013, painted steel
11 high x 13.5 x 3.25
Sometimes a Silly NotionSometimes a Silly Notion
2013, painted steel
9.5 high x 17 x 2.25
Sorcerer's ApprenticeSorcerer's Apprentice
2013, painted steel
6.5 high x 11.5 x 3.25
Square Root of Two Encounters the Higgs BosunSquare Root of Two Encounters the
Higg's Bosun

2014, painted steel
9.25 high x 11.5 x 3.25
Tropical InterludeTropical Interlude
2014, painted steel
14.5 high x 8 x 4
What It Takes to Make ThunderWhat It Takes to Make Thunder
2014, painted steel
19 high x 15 x 5.5
When Bees DaydreamWhen Bees Daydream
2013, painted steel
11.25 high x 12 x 5.25